The German government has given the go ahead for the Bundesliga to return to action, from May 16th 2020. It's the first major professional league to do so as Europe slowly looks to loosen the lockdown rules imposed in response to the corona virus.
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The opening weekend sees the biggest derby in German football with Dortmund v Schalke. Jadon Sancho’s and co desperately need three points to stay in touch with Bayern whilst David Wagner’s outfit battle to secure a Europa League place.
Each club has 9 league games left. As it stands, Bayern Munich have a 4 point lead over Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table, whilst there’s a fierce scrap for Champions League places between RB Leipzig, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen.
At the bottom of the league, SC Paderborn and heavy hitters Werder Bremer look doomed to relegation already with Augsburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Mainz 05 will fight tooth and nail to avoid the third slippery spot.
Fans are obviously a no-no for now and there’s expected to be extensive testing of all players and staff. An initial league wide test of the top two flights in Germany highlighted 10 cases of individuals who’d contracted Corona Virus, whilst Dynamo Dresden, in the second tier, have put their entire squad in a two week isolation after two players tested positive.
At the time of writing, Portugal Premiera Liga is the only other major league planning a comeback. LigaNOS is tentatively set for a return at the end of May, as are the domestic leagues of Hungary and Poland. Check out our Primeira Liga TV guide to find out when games involving the likes of Porto, Benfica and Sporting are showing live and what channels they’re on.
Spain and Italy, two of the worst affected countries have no plans to return football yet. France have been the most stringent, suspending all sport until September, including Ligue 1, whilst England is deliberating a range of measures designed to get the Premier League up and running again this summer. A June 12th start date has been mooted but after talks this week between players, Premier League officials and medical officers, that looks increasingly unlikely. A week later on 19th June is considered more realistic.